by Hank Krause
Direct from the cornfield game site in Farmland, northwest Iowa, the A-W Westerners ran into a real grinder. A-W entered the game with an 8-0 record and West Lyon came in with a 7-1 record. With a W-L win, they are now the district one champions.
The West Lyon Wildcats from Inwood, Larchwood, Alvord and Lester proved to be too much for A-W. Our kids played hard but they were outmanned and out-powered by the West Lyon team.
Taylor James ran the ball for 148 yards, however A-W had trouble throwing the ball and also running the ball. W-L is a very big, physical, talented group who controlled the line of scrimmage plus put on a great defensive pressure.
W-L racked up 35 first half points and let it stand at that. The 35 point rule came into play, as once a team has a 35 point lead the clock will run continuously. This was the fourth game in a row that the 35 second clock came into effect for teams playing W-L.
W-L opened the scoring with a six play 60 yard drive as junior Kyle Groeneweg had a 45 yard run to put W-L on the board. Kaleb Heyer, another junior, picked off an A-W pass and returned it 64 yards to put W-L up 14-0.
With 17 seconds left to play in the first quarter, junior Brandon Snyder found Jacob Meyer open for a 51 yard touchdown to have the scoreboard read 21-0, W-L.
W-L ground out a 70 yard drive using 11 plays all by running the ball. Junior Marty Pottebaum scored from a yard out to make it 28-0, W-L. With time running out in the half, W-L took over the ball at the A-W 38. Snyder threw a flair pass to Jacob Meyer to up the Wildcat’s tally to 35-0 at half.
The second half was a 0-0 stalemate. W-L called off the “dogs or cats” and played a number of kids. A-W continued to play hard but couldn’t generate much offense. A-W managed to drive the ball to the W-L eight yard line before giving the ball up on downs. The big play of this drive was Taylor James on a 38 yard run. He was helped by a tremendous block by Daniel Dirks, who wiped out the Wildcat corner-back.
Defensively, A-W was led by Dan Bietelspacher, Taylor James, Cody Bosse, Chet Willer and Colt Oltmanns. What’s really frightening is that W-L has only 12 seniors. Next year they’ll be anchored by 18 juniors and 19 sophomores returning.
A-W does advance to the playoffs which begins Wednesday night at A-W. We will be on our home turf against Prairie Valley of Gowrie. Prairie Valley comes to A-W with a 6 and 3 record. Game time is 7:00.
1 2 3 4 T
A-W 0 0 0 0 0
W-L 21 14 0 0 35
First Downs 13 13
Rushes-yds. 40-216 35-185
Passing 11-20-3 2-2-0
Passing yds 57 89
Total offense 242 305
Fumbles 1/0 2/0
Penalties 6-35 2-10
Punts 2-30.0 2-29.0
W-L Groeneweg 45 yd. run, Snyder kick
W-L Heyer 64 yd. pass int. Snyder kick good
W-L Snyder 51 yd. pass to Meyer, kick good
W-L Pottebaum 1 yd. run, kick good
W-L Snyder 38 yd. pass to Meyer, kick good